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went into effect at midnight. steven bridges and michael snell were the first in line to tie the knot. they say they've been waiting years for this moment. voters in maine, maryland, and washington state approved same-sex marriage in november's elections. gay marriage is already legal in d.c. and six other states. >>> regrettable, politically motivated, saddening. these are all statements made by u.s. officials about russia's decision to ban americans from adopting russian children. russian president putin signed the ban into law friday. lawmakers there cite a history of abuse of russian children adopted by american families. however, many believe it was in retaliation against a law that president obama signed that imposes u.s. travel and financial restrictions on human rights abusers in russia. this morning, i spoke with carrie kayhill and asked if the chances of adopteding a 13-year-old boy from daniel in an orphanage in siberia, if she thinks her chances are over. >> i'm ever hopeful that things are going to change. i'm hopeful that better communication between both countries might
children and already passed one house of parliament. michael mcfaul is criticizing by saying this we are very concerned by measures that would link the fate of orphaned children to unrelated political issues. >> why are they doing this? what are the political issue that is mcfaul is referring to? >> this is direct retaliation for what is called the mitsky act, a u.s. act passed earlier that freezes the assets of russian officials accused of human rights violations, particularly in reference to an anti-corruption lawyer that was found murdered in prison in 2009. >> we've talked a lot about the case of this mother in tennessee who had adopted a child from russia, couldn't take it anymore, said he was misbehaving, i think he even threatened her. sent him back, just put him on a plane. would this have anything to do with a case like this? >> definitely a contributing factor. that was the horrific case that ricochetted around the world. there was also another case of a young boy. he was found in a sweltering car with the windows up, left unattended by his american father who adopted him.
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